The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

Happy August. Happy eighth month of the year! For your information, the month August is named after the Roman emperor Augustus, who named the month after himself in order to celebrate, er, himself. August means admirable, and reverential, and implies all things good, which is why Augustus, nee Octavius (which already meant the eight man), re-named himself Augustus in the first place. Ol’ Augustus thought … Continue reading The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

Another Bumbastories Bi-Millennial July Magazine

Welcome to the month of July, the seventh month. Bumbastories continues its walk through the numbers.  Let’s talk about the seven. Lucky Seven. Mathematically, the seven doesn’t seem very promising. And indeed it isn’t. A regular seven sided heptagon or septagon is hard to construct, doesn’t tesselate, and doesn’t appear to be of much use. Nevertheless the seven is surprisingly significant to our psyches. It … Continue reading Another Bumbastories Bi-Millennial July Magazine

Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, and Tri-Centennial Re-Post

Welcome to June, the sixth month. And Bumbastories is again obliged, nay compelled, to celebrate the number six, the “perfect number” six. The six has long been regarded as “perfect”. Its factors: 3, 2, and 1, when summed, add up to 6. The world was created in six days according to the Bible. There are six colors in the color wheel and six strings on … Continue reading Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, and Tri-Centennial Re-Post

Take Five: The Bumbastories Penta-Centennial May Magazine

Welcome to the merry month of May! Spring has arrived. As a troubled iconoclast who thinks about these kind of things, I’m not really sure why it is that people like the Spring so much. But clearly they do. It’s a pretty universal thing, this affection for the spring season. And people especially like the month of May. “And why shouldn’t they?” you ask. May … Continue reading Take Five: The Bumbastories Penta-Centennial May Magazine

The Bumbastories’ Latest April Magazine

April is the fourth month, and Bumbastories feels obliged, nay compelled, to acknowledge the number four. You’ll excuse me for all this fourplay, but let’s talk about the four.                      What Four? Let’s talk about the symmetry of the four. We see it, we use it all the time. Check out these 4-based tesselations from the … Continue reading The Bumbastories’ Latest April Magazine

Cheer Up Campers: Try Some Sing Alongs and Jokes

Time to cheer up, campers. I know, I know. We’re not done with the pandemic by any means. Or rather the pandemic is not done with us. Either way, here are some sing alongs to cheer your day. Plus some jokes which I hope are in the cheer-me-up category, although I must admit it’s mostly bottom-of-the-barrel material. How ’bout two Ray Charles’ favorites? Hit the … Continue reading Cheer Up Campers: Try Some Sing Alongs and Jokes

Another Tri-Centennial March Mathness Magazine

Happy March! Happy Third Month of the Gregorian Calendar! Being it’s the third month, here’s a salute to the very fine and lovely number three. Hurray for The Three! Hurray for the Triad! The Triangle! The Holy Trinity! The Three Graces! There’s definitely something about the three. It seems that everybody loves the three. Three is the charm. OK. Let’s get spiritual: The Two (the … Continue reading Another Tri-Centennial March Mathness Magazine

Masks, Double Masks, and Getting Used to It

Dr Fauci says it ain’t a bad idea to double mask. Yikes! Double masking! It’s been a year already that we’re wearing masks. And what a year it’s been. Yikes again. With the politics. Yikes, what a mess. I mean, insurrections don’t happen every day. We’re still going through that challenge. These are difficult times. And this pandemic is not over. So, in regard to … Continue reading Masks, Double Masks, and Getting Used to It

Bi-annual February Magazine

The Bumbastories March Through the Numbers marches on as we enter February, the second month. Even though there are an infinite number of numbers, we express all of those numbers with just nine numerals and a zero. Not a bad system. Anyhoo, let’s look at the two… Drumroll…….The Two! The two – the dos, the deux, the zvei – is the first real number, because one … Continue reading Bi-annual February Magazine

Admission of Error

Bumbastories Magazine and the entire Bumbastories staff want to apologize for last week’s post about feeling happy and normal again. True, the Inaugural was beautiful, almost an epiphany.True that Biden and his staff are primed for the job, capable of leading the country out of its morass. True that there was cause for optimism last week that we were done with Trump, and the pall … Continue reading Admission of Error